A leading American koto performer in the traditional and jazz arenas, Reiko Obata studied under masters in the U.S. and Japan, including composer and koto virtuoso Shinichi Yuize. Reiko received her master's degree in music from San Diego State University and daishihan (grandmaster) degree from the Seiha Conservatory of Japanese Music. She is founder and director of the Obata International Koto School, the first online distance learning koto school.
With over 20 years of musical experience, Eric has deeply committed himself to preserving the art of Historical Performance Practice by playing music from the 16th through 19th centuries on historical instruments. He currently performs concerts, nationally, on the Baroque and Romantic guitar as well as the Baroque and Renaissance lute.
Lesi Mei, classical pianist, manifests dazzling virtuosity and stunning musicality the moment her fingers touch the keys. She was the first call pianist for Beijing International Orchestra before traveling the U.S., performing in festivals as the Mostly Modern Festival in Saratoga Springs, International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York City, and Olympiad Piano Festival in Colorado Springs, where she was a semifinalist in the concerto competition. Her performance diploma hails from the European Music Institute in Vienna, under the tutelage of the esteemed Professor Martin Hughes. Lesi is also known for her impeccable timing, sensible touch and the ability to bring out the best of the group whenever she collaborates with other musicians, which makes her in high demand as a collaborative pianist. Also, Lesi served on the panel for the inaugural San Diego International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs in Summer 2016. Besides Master of Music degree in piano performance, she also holds Master of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from Florida State University, FL, and Bachelor of Engineering in Biological Engineering from Beijing Institute of Technology, CHINA.
Peter Gach is a pianist of wide-ranging musical interests. His repertoire extends from the complete Well-Tempered Clavier, Vol. II of JS Bach, to contemporary works written especially for him. He has premiered works by SoCal composers Benjamin Krause, Norm Weston, William C. Bradbury, Madelyn Byrne among others and actively commissions new music for the piano. Performances of works by many of these composers are featured in the CD ‘Fresh Piano’ he has recorded for the Innova label. Gach has also recorded the music of Chopin and Scott Joplin. He is also known for his engaging and informative lecture-recitals.
Concert pianist Vania Pimentel, born and raised in Brazil, has been promoting Brazilian music in creative recital programs. She has a BA in Music and another BA in Philosophy from Brazil, KA graduate artist diploma from Germany, Masters in Piano Performance and Pedagogy, and DMA from the University of Houston. Her doctoral dissertation was on Brazilian toccatas, and her CD “Brazilian Toccatas and Toccatinas” was praised by the Brazilian Academy of Music and newspaper critics in Rio de Janeiro.
Saxophonist and conductor Andrew R. Steinberg has been recognized for his “beautiful tone” as well as his “astute and refined leadership” throughout North America, Asia, and Europe. As an Aaron Copland Fund for Music grantee, Dr. Steinberg has commissioned over a dozen works for saxophone and has premiered countless more for the instrument.
Zac Sokolow plays banjo and fiddle and sings, playing a combination of old ballads, gospel songs, fiddle tunes and banjo instrumentals. Coming from a family of musicians, Zac grew up playing music from an early age. He started out performing with his father Fred Sokolow as a child, and has since toured around the world playing with The Americans, and with fellow California old time musician Frank Fairfield.
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